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whatever7788@ubuntuServer:~$ sudo apt-get install pptpd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
pptpd is already the newest version.
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
2 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Setting up mysql-server-5.5 (5.5.44-0ubuntu0.14.04.1) ...
start: Job failed to start
invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed.
dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-5.5 (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of mysql-server:
 mysql-server depends on mysql-server-5.5; however:
  Package mysql-server-5.5 is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package mysql-server (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 mysql-server-5.5
 mysql-server
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
whatever7788@ubuntuServer:~$

Hello everyone, I am not able to install pretty much everything on my ubuntu server. It started from 3 days ago when I tried to install MySQL on the server. When I was trying to install MySQL, I prompted me to enter a password, after I typed in and continue it gave me this screen below:

     ┌───────────────────────Configuring mysql-server-5.5─────────────────────────┐
     │ Unable to set password for the MySQL "root" user                           │
     │                                                                            │
     │ An error occurred while setting the password for the MySQL                 │
     │ administrative user. This may have happened because the account already    │
     │ has a password, or because of a communication problem with the MySQL       │
     │ server.                                                                    │
     │                                                                            │ 
     │ You should check the account's password after the package installation.    │
     │                                                                            │ 
     │ Please read the /usr/share/doc/mysql-server-5.5/README.Debian file for     │ 
     │ more information.                                                          │ 
     │                                                                            │
     │                                                                            │
     ├────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┤ 
                                      │ < OK > │ 
     └────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘

Then I clicked on "OK". I got the error: start: Job failed to start invoke-rc.d: initscript mysql, action "start" failed. dpkg: error processing package mysql-server-5.5 (--configure): subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1 dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of mysql-server: mysql-server depends on mysql-server-5.5; however: Package mysql-server-5.5 is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package mysql-server (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 mysql-server-5.5
 mysql-server
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
whatever7788@ubuntuServer:~$

Today when I was trying to install pptpd. I got the same error... So I think the error started since MySQL server installation failed.

I tried real hard to get MySQL installed and looked through all the solutions on the internet but still can't have it installed.

I have tried everything below but the problem remains:

dpkg -S etc/mysql
aptitude purge mysql-server --purge-unused
sudo apt-get remove --purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql
sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get update 

I tried this as well with no luck:

sudo apt-get purge mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common mysql-client-5.5 mysql-server-5.5 
sudo dpkg -i mysql-5.6.13-debian6.0-i686.deb 
sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Can anyone please help me? Thanks in advance.

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You have to change the postrm to purge the package:

  1. Open the file

    sudo nano /var/lib/dpkg/info/mysql-server-5.5.postrm
    
  2. Find the code snippet

    if [ -n "`$MYADMIN ping 2>/dev/null`" ]; then
      stop_server
      sleep 2
    fi
    

    and comment the line stop_server

    if [ -n "`$MYADMIN ping 2>/dev/null`" ]; then
      # stop_server
      sleep 2
    fi
    
  3. Save the file and purge again

    sudo apt-get purge mysql-server-5.5
    

After that, you have repaired your system and you can install and uninstall packages again.

  • Simple&elegant... Nothing to add... :P – Fabby Aug 14 '15 at 18:45
  • Thanks A.B.. It solved the problem. I can now install programs. However, I still can't install mysql. It gave me the same error. Do you by any chance know a solution to this? Please see the following link.askubuntu.com/questions/660784/… – What Ever Aug 17 '15 at 1:46
  • As you're a reputation 1 user: If this answer helped you, don't forget to click the grey at the left of the answer, which means "yes, this answer is valid"! ;-) – A.B. Aug 17 '15 at 3:44

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